Categories & Tags: Labor

Students declare nationwide boycott of Wendy's over farmworker concerns   |   March 23, 2015
This past weekend students from across the U.S. declared a nationwide boycott of the Wendy's fast-food chain over its refusal to join the Fair Food Program created to help...

 

Volkswagen in Tennessee: Productivity's price   |   March 23, 2015
By Chris Brooks, Labor Notes Amanda (not her real name) was hired fresh out of high school to work on the Volkswagen assembly line. But after two years in the Chattanooga plant,...

 

In a 'right to work' state, union grows by fighting racism   |   March 13, 2015
By Laverne Wrenn, Labor Notes Racism is still a part of our everyday lives. The recent police murders of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice highlighted this fact in the...

 

As the nation commemorates Selma march, auto parts workers there fight for their health   |   March 9, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   A labor struggle is brewing in Selma, Ala., as President Obama, former presidents, Civil Rights era-veterans, journalists (including Labor...

 

Safety is life-or-death, say refinery strikers   |   February 13, 2015
By Samantha Winslow, Labor Notes Thousands of oil refinery workers are on strike over health and safety, demanding stronger measures to protect workers and surrounding communities...

 

The UAW's hovering presence forces Nissan in Mississippi to behave better even without an election   |   February 9, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   OXFORD, Miss. -- I remember my late father, a tool and die maker, telling me with pride how the company he worked for in central North...

 

Green groups back oil worker strike   |   February 4, 2015
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams In what may seem like an unlikely alliance, environmental groups are throwing their full support behind oil industry workers who on Sunday...

 

'Employee engagement' no subsitute for a union at VW   |   December 18, 2014
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes What should we make of the latest twist at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, Volkswagen plant? Management announced in November that it will recognize...

 

UK Parliament hears of slavery risks in NC tobacco fields   |   December 16, 2014
The British House of Commons debated legislation today addressing human rights abuses in UK-based companies' supply chains, and North Carolina's tobacco fields came up as...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fighting for $15, and winning   |   December 5, 2014
Number of cities where fast food and other low-wage workers went on strike this week to demand a $15 minimum hourly wage and the right to form a union: 190 Year in which the...

 

Walmart workers plan biggest-ever Black Friday mobilization   |   November 26, 2014
Walmart workers and their supporters are preparing for their third and biggest-ever Black Friday mobilization, with strikes and protests planned at stores in cities nationwide and...

 

Review: How wildcat strikes made public worker unions grow and thrive   |   November 13, 2014
By Robert Ovetz, Labor Notes Joe Burns' latest book examines the little-known wave of wildcat strikes that swept the U.S. (and the world) during the 1960s and '70s,...

 

Nurses across the South join protest actions for Ebola safety   |   November 11, 2014
Registered nurses across the nation and the South will hold strikes, pickets, and other protest actions on Wednesday, Nov. 12 to demand tougher Ebola safety precautions in the...

 

Review: Alt-labor or not, it will take rank-and-file power to revive us   |   October 8, 2014
By Eric Dirnbach, Labor Notes Can recent experiments with alternative forms of organizing, such as worker centers and minority strikes, offer a solution to the labor movement'...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fast-food workers strike again   |   September 5, 2014
Number of fast-food workers and their allies arrested in nationwide protests Sept. 4 demanding raises and union organizing rights: 500 Number of cities where the sit-ins took...

 

They don't need a majority to get things done   |   September 1, 2014
By Samantha Winslow, Labor Notes Workers at the North Carolina Cummins diesel engine plant won wage increases this summer -- even without having a recognized union or majority...

 

Is justice near for New Orleans teachers wrongly fired after Katrina?   |   August 27, 2014
When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, the Orleans Parish School Board and the Louisiana Department of Education saw the disaster as an opportunity to...

 

In North Carolina, fast food and Moral Mondays movements build ties   |   August 18, 2014
By Kerry Taylor, Labor Notes It was the rare meeting of Southern workers that struck a note of optimism. More than 150 gathered August 9 for Solidarity City, a day of strategy...

 

Kellogg Co. workers in Memphis finally back at work, no thanks to Kellogg or CEO John Bryant   |   August 15, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Robert McGowen holds no bitter feelings about the 10 months he stood on the highway outside the Kellogg Co. plant in Memphis protesting the...

 

Minority union at Volkswagen, for now   |   July 28, 2014
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes For Volkswagen workers organizing in Tennessee, it's been a roller coaster of a year. In the latest upbeat twist, the United Auto Workers...

 

Labor lessons from Mississippi Freedom Summer   |   July 23, 2014
By Larry Rubin, Labor Notes It's the 50th anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer: the 1964 campaign, led by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, to register large...

 

UAW Local 42 in Chattanooga latest example of creative organizing in the South   |   July 17, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The United Auto Workers' decision last week to move forward with establishing UAW Local 42 for Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tenn. shows the...

 

Fast food worker hopeful for labor revival   |   July 15, 2014
By Thelma Frasier As International Longshoremen's Association Local 1422 President Kenny Riley told us, organizing the South is important for the good of all workers. The...

 

Hundreds rally for a union election at Mississippi Nissan plant during Freedom Summer gathering   |   July 7, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   CANTON, Miss. -- The June 27 pro-union rally by an estimated 400 students, activists, ministers and workers in front of the mile-long...

 

FLOC launches ambitious plans in tobacco fields   |   July 3, 2014
By David Flores, Labor Notes My life as a farmworker began when I was nine years old, working alongside my parents harvesting cucumbers, tomatoes, cherries, and strawberries. This...